Definitions for ingeniousɪnˈdʒin yəs

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

in•gen•ious*ɪnˈdʒin yəs(adj.)

  1. characterized by cleverness or originality of invention:

    an ingenious argument.

  2. cleverly inventive; resourceful:

    an ingenious mechanic.

  3. Obs. intelligent; showing genius.

    Ref: ingenuous.

* Usage: ingenious and ingenuous are distinct from each other and are not synonyms. ingenious means “characterized by cleverness” or “cleverly inventive,” as in contriving new explanations or methods: an ingenious device; ingenious designers.ingenuous means “candid” or “innocent”: an ingenuous and sincere statement.

Origin of ingenious:

1375–1425; late ME < L ingeniōsus

in•gen′ious•ness(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. clever, cunning, ingenious(adj)

    showing inventiveness and skill

    "a clever gadget"; "the cunning maneuvers leading to his success"; "an ingenious solution to the problem"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. ingenious(adjective)ɪnˈdʒin yəs

    showing great creativity or imagination

    The idea was ingenious.; an ingenious inventor

Wiktionary

  1. ingenious(Adjective)

    Displaying genius or brilliance; tending to invent.

    This fellow is ingenious; he fixed a problem I didn't even know I had.

  2. ingenious(Adjective)

    Characterized by genius; cleverly done or contrived.

    That is an ingenious model of the atom.

  3. ingenious(Adjective)

    Witty; original; shrewd; adroit; keen; sagacious.

    He sent me an ingenious reply for an email.

  4. Origin: From ingeniosus, from ingenium, from in + gignere, genere. Compare ingénieux; see also engine.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ingenious(adj)

    possessed of genius, or the faculty of invention; skillful or promp to invent; having an aptitude to contrive, or to form new combinations; as, an ingenious author, mechanic

  2. Ingenious(adj)

    proseeding from, pertaining to, or characterized by, genius or ingenuity; of curious design, structure, or mechanism; as, an ingenious model, or machine; an ingenious scheme, contrivance, etc

  3. Ingenious(adj)

    witty; shrewd; adroit; keen; sagacious; as, an ingenious reply

  4. Ingenious(adj)

    mental; intellectual

Freebase

  1. Ingenious

    Ingenious is the English name for Einfach Genial, a German abstract strategy board game designed by Reiner Knizia under commission from Sophisticated Games and published in 2004 by Kosmos. Across most of Europe it is titled as the local translation of Ingenious or Simply Ingenious, the notable exception being Mensa Connections in the UK.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

ingenious(adjective)

(of a person or his personality etc) clever at inventing

He was ingenious at making up new games for the children.

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